A ship unloading at a wharf.
- The definition of a wharf is a wood or stone structure built along the side of a water of body for ships to tie up against during loading.
An example of a wharf is a dock.
- Wharf is defined as to provide with or bring to a wood or stone structure at a body of water.
- An example of wharf is to build a dock on a bay.
- An example of whart is to unload passengers at a dock.
nounpl. wharves or wharfs
- a structure of wood or stone, sometimes roofed over, built at the shore of a harbor, river, etc. for ships to lie alongside, as during loading or unloading; pier; dock
- Obs. a bank at the water's edge; shore
Origin of wharfMiddle English from Old English hwerf, a dam or bank to keep out water, literally , a turning from base of hweorfan, to turn from Indo-European base an unverified form kwerp-, to turn from source Classical Greek karpos, wrist
nounpl. wharves, or wharfs
- A pier where ships or boats are tied up and loaded or unloaded.
- Obsolete A shore or riverbank.
verbwharfed, wharf·ing, wharfs
- To moor (a vessel) at a wharf.
- To take to or store (cargo) on a wharf.
- To furnish, equip, or protect with wharves or a wharf.
Origin of wharfMiddle English from Old English hwearf
(plural wharves or wharfs)
- A man-made landing place for ships on a shore or river bank.
- The bank of a river, or the shore of the sea.
Middle English, from Old English hwearf (“heap, embankment, wharf"); related to Old English hweorfan (“to turn"), Old Saxon hwarf, Old High German hwarb (“a turn"), hwerban (“to turn"), Old Norse hvarf (“circle"), Greek ÎºÎ±ÏÏ€ÏŒÏ‚ (karpÃ³s, “wrist").